Poem “The Spanish dancer”, by Rainer Marie Rilke

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“And suddenly she is all, all aflame,

With a glance her hair catches fire

And she suddenly tosses, with daring artistry,

Her entire dress into that fire,

From which, like frightened serpents,

Her naked, wakeful arms stretch forth crackling.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, Bailarina española (Spanish Dancer), 1936

 

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Pastora Imperio, at the premiere of Falla’s “El amor brujo”

 

 

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